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Course Credit Information
  • A - Usually offered alternate years
  • CR/NC - Credit if course is passed; no credit if not passed
  • N - Not regularly offered
  • S - May be offered as seminar
  • 2-3 - Credit may vary
  • SK - Skills Course

107. TORTS. 4
The study of the civil justice system's mode of compensating persons who are injured as a result of the negligence or the intentional acts of others.

246. TORTS - ADVANCED PROBLEMS. 3
An in-depth analysis of selected tort causes of action, including all of the business torts and the personal torts of wrongful death, personal injury, libel, slander and invasion of privacy. Emphasis is placed on equipping the student with the skills essential to prosecute or defend each tort at trial.

271. TRADEMARK AND UNFAIR COMPETITION LAW. 2-3
This course will introduce students to U.S. trademark and unfair competition law under the federal Lanham Act and related common law doctrines designed to protect against consumer confusion and appropriation of commercial goodwill. In addition to the technical requirements for trademark eligibility, registration, and infringement, we will consider the constitutional and economic underpinnings of trademark protection and evaluate current trends toward the "propertization" of trademark law.

519. TRANSACTIONAL CLINIC 4-6 CR/NC SK
Students enrolled in this clinic will provide comprehensive legal services to existing and start up nonprofit associations and small businesses. Students conduct client interviews, draft engagement letters, formulate action plans, and prepare Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, and governance policies for newly organized nonprofit corporations under Chapter 504 of the Iowa Code. Students may be requested to attend Board meetings of an organization to provide legal advice about board member duties and liabilities, specific governance policies, and organization matters. Students assist nonprofit clients in obtaining tax exempt status from the IRS, and in particular the application of statutes and regulations for exempt status under IRC §§ 501(c)(3) and 170(b)(1)(A)(vi). The Clinic also represents clients in legal matters concerning small business formation, including choice of entity issues; EIN applications, and organizational documents. Other transactional work focuses on employment policies and agreements, trademarks, real estate and financing, leases, insurance, dissolutions, permitting and licensing agreements and other governmental regulatory compliance. Prerequisite: Business Associations (LAW 204).

050. TRIAL ADVOCACY. 3 SK
The study and practice of trial techniques, motions, voire dire, opening statements, direct examination, cross-examination, instructions, closing argument, courtroom courtesy and professional responsibility. Moot trial method is used. Prerequisite: Evidence (LAW 113).

301. TRUST CONSTRUCTION AND FIDUCIARY ADMINISTRATION. 3 A
Topics include interpretation and construction of dispositive instruments; class gifts; powers of appointment; discretionary trusts; rule against perpetuities and its modern application; administration and distribution of decedents' estates and trusts; the "prudent person" rule and the new "prudent investor" rule; investments; accounting; and distribution. Preventive drafting is emphasized. Prerequisite: Wills and Trusts (LAW 223).

628. UNITED STATES ATTORNEY'S OFFICE INTERNSHIP. 3 CR/NC
Students work at the United States Attorney’s Office in Des Moines, on all matters of case development including: case investigation, grand jury proceedings, pretrial motions, jury trials, and post-trial procedures. Students must have completed both Evidence (Law 113) and Criminal Procedure I (Law 236) prior to enrollment.  May not be taken concurrently with Law 622, Law 612, Law 613, Law 501, Law 502, Law 503 or Law 512. 

294. U.S. SUPREME COURT. 3
Course focuses on the United States Supreme Court from an institutional perspective, emphasizing the forces and factors that have shaped the Court's decision-making over the years. Special attention is paid to changes in the Court's composition and the views and personalities of individual justices, as well as the Court's changing role in our political system. The focus or subject matter of the course will change from year to year to keep pace with jurisprudential developments.

611. USDA INTERNSHIP. 1-2 CR/NC
Students will receive real-life practical experience in the operation of United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) agencies and implement various federal programs relating to agriculture and rural issues. The agencies involved with the internships include the state or regional offices, located in Des Moines for Rural Development (RD), Farm Services Agency (FSA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA).

 
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